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A poorly delivered narrative
on 12 March 2012
This legal thriller starts from an interesting premise - a successful Manhattan prosecutor, at the top of his game just hired on at the District Attorney's office. He's essentially a good man, well-liked by colleagues of even brief acquaintance, and a stand up ex-husband to his kids and former wife. However, he has this problem - he blacks out under stress. His life is turned upside-down when he is `fingered' for a series of brutal rapes. Our protagonist Rick just happens to know all but one of the women who've been assaulted in New York and nearby New Jersey, and except for the very first victim, investment banker Diane Nethersong, they all stand ready to testify that their assailant was him. The accusations from all these women; are hard to take, but none harder or should we say harder to believe than that of his ex-wife Ali. With his career in the toilet and his arrest only hours away Rick decides on radical action.
However, the tale deteriorates thanks to a number of groan-inducing clichés. As we delve into Illogical plot developments, that mar this mystery, a debut novel from film director and once former lawyer Hruska.
The feel and set up of the Mise en scène are with a movie in mind and seems to read more like draft script, and this makes the reader feel like they didn't get to know or care about the protagonist too much, as action takes over from storytelling. Hence this novel comes off quite disappointing.